The Bureau of Development Services concluded their Spring 2008 Landlord Training Program. This training is coordinated through the Neighborhood Inspections Team which utilize the skills of Campbell DeLong Resources in presenting/facilitating the courses. This season included eight trainings in various locations throughout Portland.
The Landlord Training Program continues to be a valued resource to the City of Portland on many levels. It provides a forum in which the attitudes about property management, citizen responsibility, and landlord-tenant relations have an opportunity to improve for the better.
With presentations by housing/nuisance inspectors, Neighborhood Response Team Officers, and Crime Prevention Specialists directly to the rental property owners/managers we are able to enact meaningful change, affecting core livability issues in neighborhoods such as property nuisances, substandard housing, and illegal activity.
The Landlord Training Program continues to address the issue that was first defined when the original program was designed in 1989: That the majority of livability-impacting problems at a rental property are not caused by a careless property owner, but are rather the result of an insufficient understanding of such issues as landlord-tenant relations, interpersonal management skills, Portland housing requirements, and the economics of managing property well.
The benefit of this training is not limited to landlords learning better business practices, but tenants having safer, better maintained housing stock and neighborhoods with fewer issues commonly related to rental properties.
A total of 659 landlords attended last Spring’s trainings, and since beginning in 1989 approximately 13,320 have attended affecting more than 193,000 rental units. We look forward to continuing this training in the 2008/2009 fiscal year. Currently we are arranging fall dates which will be posted on the BDS Web site at the Landord Training page.